Can we use technology-driven design to create emotionally meaningful products? This project researches this question and concludes that the reasons why we assign value to an object are mainly because of the implicit sentimentality derived from the object, which reminds us of people we love.
A way to approach this idea is through data physicalisation, to translate the abstract concept of our inner selves into tangible tactile pieces to provide objects based purely on identity. For this matter, personality trait quantifications are an accurate and objective psychological type of data, easily manageable by computational systems and accessible enough to make the users partakers in the data collection process.
'AFINES (kindred)' uses seven personality traits to materialise people’s identities into organic sculptures through a digital algorithm, resulting in a series of objects with a common essence, but which are unique for each participant. By creating these objects, 'AFINES' can open dialogues about our identities and our interconnections, and present several new ways in which we can enhance meaning and engagement with the objects that surround us.